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This Dairy-Free French Hot Chocolate Is the Ultimate Cold Weather Treat

Can't make it to the Right Bank this winter? Whip up this iconic French hot chocolate at home—with your own dairy-free substitutes, of course.

french dairy free hot chocolate
Written by
Calin Van Paris
In case you haven't heard, it's Parisian Girl Winter. We're stepping out in our chicest
minimalist outfits
, embracing artfully air-dried (aka
) hair, and going minimal with the makeup—save for a painted red lip. And our drink order? A French hot chocolate: warming, decadent, and ideal for pastry dipping.
Though the beverage boasts a certain appeal when ordered at a café, crafting your own makes personalizing the classic recipe an easy affair. We, for example, will be having ours minus the dairy, and we'll be looking to this recipe from
Emily Daniels
for at-home inspiration—hers inspired by iconic
the drinking chocolate
at Paris' iconic
This silky iteration subs
standard milk
and cream for almond and coconut, the two combining for a rich, tasty, and sustainable finish—particularly with chocolate enhanced by espresso powder, maple, and vanilla. Finish with coconut whip, and you have an indulgent, low-impact treat primed for offering a luxurious note to even the starkest of
Here, a dairy-free hot chocolate recipe that will make all of your Rue de Rivoli daydreams come true.

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How to Make Dairy-Free French Hot Chocolate

french dairy free hot chocolate
3/4 cup almond milk
1/4 cup canned coconut milk or cream (the thick cream on top of chilled/unshaken can only)
3.5-4 oz high-quality dark chocolate, chopped (about 3/4 cup)
1-2 Tbsp maple syrup
Splash vanilla extract
Pinch of salt
Pinch of cinnamon
Coconut whip cream, chocolate shavings, and flaky salt to serve
1. Add milk, chocolate, syrup, vanilla, espresso powder, and salt to a saucepan.
2. Heat over medium until chocolate is fully melted. (Don't allow it to reach a boil, as this will cause separation. If separation occurs, whisk vigorously.)
3. Pour into mugs or a
to-go tumbler
. Top with coconut whip, chocolate shavings, and flaky salt to serve.